Internet Policy

Op-Ed

The Chinese Internet Century

Author: Adam Segal
Foreign Policy

Adam Segal argues that while, "China's cyberaggression doesn't mean that the United States should stop all attempts at engagement," the goal of an open and transparent Web may not be realistic.

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Must Read

Atlantic Monthly: The Connection Has Been Reset

Author: James Fallows

As the countdown to the Beijing Olympics nears four months, James Fallows explains the intricacies of China's internet censorship tools and how the Chinese government will allow foreign visitors access an unfettered web. Chinese citizens are often blocked from information, such as reports on crack downs in Tibet, that the government prefers to cover up. This article reveals the government’s motives behind the censorship and how the “Great Firewall of China” works.

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HRW: Race to the Bottom: Corporate Complicity in Chinese Internet Censorship

China’s system of Internet censorship and surveillance, popularly known as the “Great Firewall,” is the most advanced in the world. In this report, Human Rights Watch documents how extensive corporate and private sector cooperation – including by some of the world’s major Internet companies – enables this system of censorship. Research was performed through interviews and extensive testing of search engines inChina, and includes 18 screen shots to illustrate examples of censorship. The report vividly illustrates how various companies, including Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google, and Skype block terms they believe the Chinese government will want them to censor.

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Analysis Brief

China's Internet Partners

A congressional panel is highlighting what one member called "abhorrent actions" in China on the part of U.S. software makers, whose Internet search engines in that market are used by Beijing to censor speech and track dissent. Should software companies be expected to enforce democratic notions of free expression or to forego the world's fastest-growing market?

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Primary Sources

Framework for Global Electronic Commerce

The Clinton administration released the Framework for Global Electronic Commerce on July 1, 1997. The framework describes how to "accelerate the growth of global commerce across the Internet" and the role of the U.S. government and guidelines for international negotiations. The framework privatized the domain name system (DNS), which is governed by the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

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Event

Mobile's Rise in the Future of the Internet

Speaker: Dominique Lazanski
Speaker: Robert Pepper
Speaker: Jonathan Spalter
Presider: Craig Mundie

Dominique Lazanski, director of Public Policy at GSMA, Robert Pepper, vice president of global technology policy at Cisco Systems, and Jonathan Spalter, chairman at Mobile Future, join Craig Mundie, senior advisor to the chief executive officer at Microsoft, to discuss technological change and the move to mobile devices.

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